02.10.11 – a thursday

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word

junta [hoon-ta,  juhn-, huhn-] n. 1. a small group ruling a country, esp. immediately after a coup d’état and before a legally constituted government has been instituted 2. a council 3. a deliberative or administrative council, esp. in Spain and Latin America

birthday

Charles Lamb (1775), Jimmy Durante (1893), Robert Wagner (1930), Roberta Flack (1937), Mark Spitz (1950), Jim Cramer (1955), Greg Norman (1955), George Stephanopoulos (1961), Glenn Beck (1964), Laura Dern (1967), Elizabeth Banks (1974)

standpoint

So it’s been a while since I’ve been doing this every day and it feels great to be back.

During the hiatus, lots of stuff has happened, some great, some bad, and some absolutely devastating.

November 30th, 2010 was, hands down, the worst day of my life so far. That was the day Harvey, my best friend, passed away after fighting leukemia for the better part of a year.

I’m completely aware that most of you who read this are folks who know me on a personal level and, if you’ve known me for any stretch of time in the past 20 years, you inevitably came into contact with Harvey.

Tomorrow, I’m going to attempt to pay tribute to him in the way he deserves. Today, however, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite pictures of him.

quotation

I do not diminish the incredible symbolic importance of a black man getting elected president. But my euphoria was a smart man getting elected president. Maybe for the first time in my lifetime we had elected one of the thousand smartest Americans presidents.Aaron Sorkin

tune

I’ve never made a secret of the fact that, while my music interests dwell almost completely within the indie rock realm, I tend to almost always lean toward the pop side of the genre. It’s true that hipsters and I don’t really see eye-to-eye while discussing the merits of certain music. Also, it’s true I have been involved in heated conversations in which, afterwards, one friend or another has accused me of “taking a friendly debate and turning it into an uncomfortable, evening-ending tirade.” Well, maybe but whatever. In any case, here’s Swedish pop duo Marching Band‘s “Another Day.” Enjoy.

gallimaufry

How much would you like to bet Dallas won’t be in the running for hosting any more Super Bowls for a while? Good job, Jerry Jones.

→ Dear Christopher Lee, now that you’ve suddenly found yourself with an abundance of free time, why not take that time to try to become smarter? Sending a shirtless pic to some random woman on you met on Craigslist? Dude, come on.

→ Have you tried Xtranormal? It’s the site responsible for the weird GEICO tv ads. You can make your own short movies using its characters, themes and whatnot. It was a pretty fun 20 minutes until I lost interest.

01.08.10 – A Friday

WORD

colloquial [kuhloh-kwee-uhl] adj. 1. characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal 2. involving or using conversation

BIRTHDAY

Hans von Bülow (1830), Frank Nelson Doubleday (1862), Larry Storch (1923), Soupy Sales (1926), Elvis Presley (1935), Bob Eubanks (1938), Graham Chapman (1941), Robby Krieger (1946), David Bowie (1947), Mike Reno (1955), Paul Hester (1959), R. Kelly (1967), Ami Dolenz (1969), Sean Paul (1973)

STANDPOINT

As I type this, I’m watching a TNT promo for Southland. Last year, NBC dropped the cop drama before it even debuted. TNT scooped it up and will start running the series, in its entirety, this Tuesday. (TNT is waiting to see how the ratings go for the seven episodes NBC aired plus six never-before-seen ones before deciding to order a new season.)

As I’ve felt in the past, I’m currently confounded why some quality shows get the boot and other crappy shows (According To Jim, The Real World, Judge Judy, JAG) seem to run on forever. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me since quality entertainment seems to be a notion no one concern themselves with.

It got me thinking about some other shows that were inexplicably dropped before their time. The following is a list of my favorite shows abandoned too soon.

QUOTATION

The National Rifle Association says that, “Guns don’t kill people, uh, people do.” But I think, I think the gun helps. You know? I think it helps. I just think just standing there going, “Bang!” That’s not going to kill too many people, is it?Eddie Izzard

TUNE

There’s not a ton of information out there on Seattle-based band The Pale Pacific (formerly The Pale). I came upon the 2005 release Urgency a while back and it became one of my favorite “half albums” – those containing an equal amount of both good and so-so songs. (I’ve got a lot of those, by the way.) One of the better songs is “Identity Theft.” Give it a listen.

GALLIMAUFRY

I’m not so naive to think all of this wintry weather going on is proof-positive that global warming is hogwash. But -50° wind chills in the Midwest don’t exactly help Al Gore’s cause.

→ Someone needs to be in a world of hurt to attempt to stab themselves to death. That’s exactly what Howard Stern’s sidekick, Artie Lange, did. Nine times. Long bouts of depression and numerous episodes of drug abuse apparently led him to it. Here’s hoping the guy can find some kind of peace and shake loose of his demons.

→ The other day, I reported that Vampire Weekend and Spoon were releasing albums next Tuesday. I lied. Vampire Weekend is releasing Contra next week, but Spoon’s Transference won’t come out until two weeks later. In any case, should be a good couple of months coming up for new music with Ben Kweller, Eels, Beach House, David Bowie, Midlake, Hot Chip, Peter Gabriel, Field Music, Jason Falkner, Shout Out Louds, Rogue Wave, The Whigs, Aloha, Frightened Rabbit, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Morning Benders and White Stripes all poised with fresh material.

06.09.09 – Tuesday

Word: apostasy [uhpos-tuh-see] n. a total desertion of or departure from one’s religion, principles, party, cause, etc

Birthday: Cole Porter (1891), Les Paul (1915), Robert McNamara (1961), George Axelrod (1922), Jackie Mason (1931), Jackie Wilson (1934), Dick Vitale (1939), Patricia Cornwell (1956), Michael J. Fox (1961), Aaron Sorkin (1961), Johnny Depp (1963), Natalie Portman (1981)

Quotation: When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.John F. Kennedy

Tune: “A hybrid of Americana rock and Northern Soul with boundless energy.” That’s how mp3.com describes Californian band, Delta Spirit. I guess so. But Delta Spirit is really good. Try “Trashcan” for a listen.

Gallimaufry: Evan Dando, the man behind 90’s indie act, The Lemonheads, is suing GM for using a song in a TV commercial that sounds kind of like 1992’s “It’s A Shame About Ray.” Pitchfork offers links to both the original song and the GM ad. Check it out. I don’t really hear it. Besides, how’s Dando think he’s going to get money out of GM at this particular time? Apparently, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed goalie Ray Emery to a one-year deal, effectively ending the reign of goalie tandem Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki. Emery, who played last season in the Russian KHL, has a spotty history both on and off the ice. I’m curious to see Flyers’ fans’ reactions to a guy who’s had disciplinary problems – not something Philadelphia’s known to have much tolerance for. It’s a good fit, I think, due to the fact the Flyers are more well-rounded than Emery’s last team, the Ottawa Senators, a team that’s fallen apart over the last couple of years, mainly because it’s top-heavy with a few elite talent guys and not much else. I’m optimistic the guys in the Flyers’ locker room (Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell) will be able to keep Emery in check, at least on the ice.  Remember how much fun we all had a couple of years back with El Niño? Well, get ready for some more. Weather experts say that El Niño is making a comeback. Super.  

Incoming: Things have been a bit crazy (putting it mildly) but I’ll be getting those posts up I promised last week.